May 5, 2020: Reason to Rejoice-God Does His Best work in Hard Places

Jeremiah 33:3 (NIV) 

 ‘Call to me, and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’

Judah was under siege. The King of Babylon had surrounded the city of Jerusalem. Food was scarce, and water was hard to find. The people in the city walls were reduced to eating whatever they could find. Some of them had even fallen to the level of eating the bodies of those ow had died.

I know, I know this is not the picture any of w=us want to envision. I just wanted you to see how hard the times were for those still living in the city of Jerusalem.

Jeremiah had been predicting these vents for years, and no one wanted to believe him. Finally, the times he had predicte4d had fallen on the nation of Judah due to their rebellion against God. For his faithfulness to deliver the Word of God, he was thrown into a deep hole and left to die.

Is this how God treats those he loves? IF this is how God treats his own, who would ever want to be a follower of his? I know you might find it hard to believe, but there were still thousands of Jews in Judah that were fixed in their desire to obey whatever God said. They did not do so out of fear of judgment, they did so because they had come to understand the love God had for his children.

Wait for it! Wait for it!. In the hole in the ground with death hanging over him, God gives this word to Jeremiah, “Call unto me and I will answer you and show you great and unsearchable things you do not yet know.”

Jere3miah had been the witness of many great miracles from God in his day. Now the most significant promise he receives while he is standing in a mud hole with no way of escape. He is left to die in this hole in the ground.

Some might even dare to ask, “Why pray now? IF this is how God treats his children, why would you even trust him enough to pray to him?”

Listen to what follows, dear Saint. Jeremiah could call out to God during this incredibly difficult time because he had grown to know who God was. He had developed a close personal relationship with God that led him to believe that God was going to bring the greatest blessing out of this most challenging circumstance.

It is this way for us in May of 2020. Those who know their God will not waver at trusting him. They will not run the other way when hardship or affliction comes, they will embrace the difficulties as a means by which God will be declared even more glorious than they had known before.

Church, we have no reason to fear any of the circumstances that are coming on the world, because the God that we have come to know I Jesus Christ will reveal more of His glory to s in these times than ever before.

When did the three Hebrew children experience the miracle of being delivered from the fiery furnace? 

When they went through eh fire. 

When did the Children of Israel come to know God as a deliverer? When they were up against the Red Sea with Pharoah and his army close behind, and they had no way out. When did Paul and Silas experience the joy of being delivered from Jail? When they had just been beaten and flogged and left for dead in a dark Roman cell in Philippi.

It is to be with us as well, Dear Church. The most excellent days for us to see and know the glory of God is when we will go through the fiery trials which are coming on us to try our faith. Use this time to draw close to God. Prepare for the days of hardship that are coming on us.

Go ahead and Call unto God and let him show you great and mighty things you have not yet seen.

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